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Emergency Closure: I-65 shut down again due to deteriorating weather

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From Indiana Department of Transportation

I-94 remains open to traffic

As of 9:15 p.m. Central Time/10:15 p.m. Eastern time Northwest Indiana drivers are still being advised to stay off the all interstates, U.S. highways, and state routes. Currently, I-65 is closed, both northbound and southbound, between U.S. 30 (Merrillville) and Lafayette due to deteriorating weather conditions that created white-out conditions and dangerous snow drifts. I-94 reopened to traffic earlier this afternoon, and remains open.

Blowing and drifting snow has intensified in these evening hours and slick, icy conditions persist on nearly all roadways. Some are impassable this evening, and drifting conditions are expected to worsen overnight. As a result, all roads should be considered extremely slick and hazardous. INDOT discourages anyone from driving in non-emergency situations.

Crews are working to remove hard-pack snow and ice which are making for extremely slick roads, but in these subzero temperatures, road salt is not as effective. INDOT is using other methods to melt ice and gain traction on road surfaces, such as chemical anti-icing agents and sand, but the frigid weather is hindering these efforts as well.

Below are just some of the challenges INDOT crews are facing:

  • Subzero temperatures are wreaking havoc on INDOT plow trucks and other heavy machinery, forcing repairs in the midst of plow routes, slowing progress

  • Roads drifting shut soon after they are cleared by plows, due to blowing and drifting snow

  • Abandoned vehicles litter some roadways, making it nearly impossible to clear the way

Drivers in Northwest Indiana can monitor road closures, road conditions, and traffic alerts at any time via the Districtís social media channels: www.Facebook.com/INDOTNorthwest or Twitter @INDOTNorthwest. Or visit http://www.trafficwise.in.gov for INDOTís TrafficWise Traveler Information Service.